Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, May 3rd

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Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves - May 2, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"This was the most psychotic game I've ever been a part of," a visibly exhausted Jones said as he attempted to explain how his team had overcome two significant deficits long before he ended the night by drilling Sanches' full count fastball over the right-center-field wall. "It was just a weird game all the way around," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "Stuff you never see happened tonight. I've never been a part of a game quite like this before. Tonight was something that you never see."

Braves beat Phillies in 11 on Chipper’s walk-off HR | AJC Braves
"For us to fall down 6-nothing to Halladay and come back the way we did, time and time again after falling down, says a lot about this ballclub," Jones said.

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 11-inning win | AJC Braves
Chipper Jones, on the game-ending home run: "Kevin [Barnes, radio reporter] just told me that was my 500th professional home run. I’m not going to get there [to 500] at the major league level, but to hit 500 homers as a professional is pretty cool."

Fun facts from the Braves’ 15-13 win over the Phillies | HardballTalk
To put it mildly, the Braves and Phillies played a wild one on Wednesday, with Atlanta winning 15-13 on Chipper Jones‘ walkoff homer in the 11th. It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game since 2006. More on the site...

Chipper says his playing time will come down to daily decision | AJC Braves
"I told him if my knee feels good, I want to play," said Jones, who was back in the lineup Wednesday night against Halladay. "It felt good the last day against Pittsburgh, and it felt really bad (Tuesday). It bounced back, it feels good today, so back in there." Gonzalez joked that a text message exchange with Jones has become part of his morning routine.

Chipper hopes program helps him play more | braves.com: News
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones recently started a weight program that is intended to help him regain the leg strength he needs to play more consistently than he has during this season's first month. Jones began a lifting program that focuses on strengthening his quadriceps and thigh muscles. The hope is that this will help minimize the fluid that has continued to build around his left knee since he returned to action just two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Beachy sacrifices strikeouts for more innings | braves.com: News
Brandon Beachy's desire to be more aggressive in the strike zone has reduced his strikeout ratios and allowed him to achieve his goal to go longer into games than he did during last year's rookie season.

Chizik visits Braves batting practice | AJC Braves
Auburn football coach Gene Chizik and his 11-year-old son Cally paid a visit to Turner Field Wednesday and spent batting practice mingling with Braves, as a guest of assistant trainer Jim Lovell.

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